Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and La Llorona

Posted by Glennis Byron on October 25, 2010 in News tagged with ,

I’ve got a particular interest in the ways figures of folklore are appropriated for Gothic or Horror, and so was intrigued to see that La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, has been taken up by Universal Studios and given her own ‘Scare Zone’ at this year’s Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. Here’s their description of her:

According to the legend, a beautiful Mexican woman fell in love and married the most handsome man in the village. She bore two beautiful children, but her husband soon fell in love with another woman. Blinded by jealousy, the woman ran with her children to a river, where her faithless husband was courting his new love. Enraged, she threw her children into the river, where the current carried them away. When she realized what she had done, she threw herself into the river as well. But the woman did not leave this Earth. Late at night, in the deep woods, or by a small creek, children can hear her weeping, searching in vain for her lost children. “La Llorona (“the crying woman”) they call her, for she frequently wails “My children, where are my children?” Her frail, drenched body is a chilling sight; any child wandering alone is sure to be snatched as her newest victim…

According to creative director John Murdy, ‘What makes her different is that she’s a hunter; she’s on the prowl and what she’s looking for are children, and what she’s going to do if she finds you is drag you to the lake and drown you’. Interesting, but nevertheless strange to see her appear on the poster along with Freddy, Jason and the boys.

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